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Our Board of Directors

Jane Lindley, President
Rob Smallwood, Vice President
Maradel Gale, Secretary
Carolyn Goodwin, Treasurer
Vanessa Cass
Jonathan Davis
Kat Gjovik
Lara Hansen
Stacey Nordgren
Jon Quitslund
Jane Lindley, President

After working as a magazine editor, commercial photographer and graphic designer, Jane finally settled on web design and development 15 years ago and never looked back. The culmination of her career (so far) has been working remotely as the Director of Development and Operations for a software company on the East Coast.

Prior to that Jane ran her own web development company, Super WebGroup, for 10 years and enjoyed developing database-driven websites for clients such as The City of Bainbridge Island, The City of Gig Harbor, Pope Resources, Port of Bremerton, Kitsap Peninsula Visitor & Convention Bureau, Beldon Fund, The Russell Family Foundation, YES! Magazine, Conservation Magazine, and The Brainerd Foundation.

Jane grew up in Bucks County, PA, graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA with a concentration in botany. Then, after working in Boston for eight years, she moved to Bainbridge Island, WA, in 1992, with her hunting, fishing and chanterelle mushroom picking husband, Pete Pinardi.

 

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Rob Smallwood, Vice President

Rob Smallwood has been providing custom home building and remodeling services to Bainbridge Island for more than thirty years   With his degree in architecture and his contracting experience, he brings a unique mix to design and construction. He also recently became a Certified Aging in Place specialist. Rob is passionate about promoting more sustainable design and building practices within the design/build community, the City of Bainbridge Island and our community at large.   Environmentally responsible and resource efficient processes used during a building's life-cycle not only help sustain the planet but also the homes in which we live.   Smallwood Design & Construction built the Ellis home on Bainbridge, the first LEED Platinum home built west of Seattle and is on board to build the first Passive House on the island. 

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Maradel Gale, Secretary

Maradel has had extensive experience with non-profit organizations. A retired University of Oregon professor, Maradel brings to her work 27 years of teaching and mentoring students in fields ranging from community and regional planning to law to cross-cultural communication. Maradel was a founder and the first President of the Oregon Environmental Council, and formed and directed the UO Micronesia and South Pacific Program, which placed graduate students in island communities to engage in skills transfer in conjunction with a project important to the requesting agency or organization. Upon retirement, Maradel moved to Bainbridge Island, where she has been active in a wide range of community projects. She is a member of the City of Bainbridge Island Planning Commission. She is also active with the Bainbridge Beach Naturalists.

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Carolyn Goodwin, Treasurer

Nineteen years ago a weekend visit to Bainbridge Island, which included a stop at the Farmers’ Market, inspired Carolyn Goodwin to make the Island her home. A longtime evangelist for local food and farming, Carolyn began working to support the local farming community shortly after her arrival, and has been doing so ever since. She served on the Board of the Bainbridge Island Farmers’ Market Association for several years, and developed marketing research and community outreach programs for the farmers. In 2009 she co-founded Sound Food, a program of Sustainable Bainbridge that works to strengthen the local food system. As Program Manager she implemented new initiatives such as the Ferry Farm Stand, a series of Local Food Roundtables, and a partnership with Bay Hay to create a permanent full-time Farm Stand. In 2012 she worked with Senator Phil Rockefeller and Representative Christine Rolfes to craft and pass the Cottage Food Act, which allows small value-added food producers to sell food made in their home kitchens.

In her professional life, Carolyn operates her marketing consulting firm, Marketability Group, from her home office. She applies her strategic and tactical marketing expertise to create effective and sustainable marketing communications solutions for her clients. Carolyn lives with her husband Jeff in a house that was once just a cabin in the woods on the north end of the Island. She enjoys walking and biking Bainbridge roads and trails, and is dedicated to doing all that she can to enhance the livability and resiliency of the Island community she loves.

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Vanessa Cass
Vanessa has a passion for tiny housing, cycling and zero waste living. She moved to Bainbridge Island as part of her Zugunruhe. 

After graduating from Washington State University with a Master of Architecture degree, she spent the first part of her career in Portland, OR. While in Portland, she helped grow an office sustainability team that created sustainable office practices and developed tools for implementing sustainability strategies in projects.  Prior to moving to Bainbridge Island, she co-taught a  Master of Architecture thesis design studio at the University of Oregon, Portland campus, with Professor Hajo Neis, a colleague of Christopher Alexander. 

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Jonathan Davis

Born in England, architect Jonathan Davis brings more than 27 years of sustainable building experience to his projects.  Davis designed and built his first sustainable home, incorporating geo-thermal heat pumps, solar hot water, fireplace heat reclamation and recycled bricks in 1985, and continues to incorporate cutting edge sustainability features into all of his work cumulating in his latest project, Grow Community.

Jonathan attributes his passion for sustainability to his love of and connection to the outdoors.  Over the years Jonathan has immersed himself into sailing, skiing, backcountry backpacking and skiing, rock climbing, biking, kayaking, camping and gardening.

Jonathan founded Davis Studio Architecture + Design, with his wife Mary Jo in 2002.  DSAD is driven by modern principles and infuses a human and personal approach to modern architecture, balanced with a concern for the environment and sustainability. Davis Studio A+D projects have been built to One Planet, Built Green 5 Star and LEED Platinum certification. Working closely with their clients, DSAD creates homes and buildings that elevate the spirit, provide efficient, functional spaces and reduce their footprint on the planet.

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Kat Gjovik

Kat has lived on Bainbridge Island for 27 years.   After more than 25 years in the business world, working in multiple disciplines, Kat transitioned to the study and practice of whole systems design, organizational development and community building.  For the past 10 years, she has focused her energies on community organizing and political activism.  Kat worked at the 23rd District Democratic Bainbridge Headquarters for the 2004 election, and worked collaboratively on the Bainbridge Island Bill of Rights Defense Committee, the City’s Adopt-A-Road Program, multiple events for peace, regional Earth Charter Community Summits, and Bainbridge Island Earth Day events.  She hosts the regular Bainbridge Island Conversation Café, and recently, served as staff for the Community Housing Coalition, which developed recommendations for solutions to the local affordable housing crisis.  She currently works with David Korten, author of theGreat Turning:  From Empire to Earth Community, on outreach and communication for the national Great Turning Initiative.  Her passions include collaborative grassroots organizing for action, designing group experiences and bringing people together in meaningful conversation.

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Lara Hansen

Lara has worked in the non-profit sector on climate change and related issues locally and globally for over a decade, and in issues relating to sustainability for over two decades. In addition to her work with Sustainable Bainbridge, she is the Chief Scientist and Executive Director of EcoAdapt, a Bainbridge-based non-profit working on developing solutions to the challenges of climate change wherever people are inspired to take action. She also supports science education in the Bainbridge Island Public Schools, including coordinating Ordway Elementary Science Fair. Prior to creating EcoAdapt, she was the Chief Climate Change Scientist for the World Wildlife Fund, and a Research Ecologist with the Environmental Protection Agency. To balance her scientific life, she works to integrate nature and art in her daily life. As an optimist she assumes we'll get our acts together on climate change--who would want the alternative? She looks forward to helping Bainbridge Island make climate-informed decisions to support better long-term outcomes. 

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Stacey Nordgren
Stacey Justus Nordgren  is a land use planning professional with expertise in environmental, coastal, and hazard mitigation planning. She has worked extensively on coastal zone management issues acting as both a regulator and a technical assistant to cities and town in Massachusetts, helping them to understand and apply best planning practices and critical resource information. Stacey specializes in working with community members and land use practitioners to help communities make decisions that are reasonable and protective of critical and vulnerable resources. She also spearheaded a regional pre-disaster mitigation planning program for Cape Cod that helped to teach and train citizens about natural hazard risks and vulnerabilities and the need for mitigation and adaptation planning. Stacey knows the ins-and-outs of many local and regional planning processes , and though her professional experience has been in her former home of Massachusetts, she fully intends to develop opportunities to continue this work here in the Pacific Northwest .

Stacey is a relative newcomer  to the Island, having moved west in the summer of 2013 . S he and her family acclimated quickly are now enjoying all that Bainbridge and surrounding ecosystems have to offer. Most often, when not at her kids baseball games or swim meets, Stacey can be found backpacking, hiking, rowing crew, or gardening.
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Jon Quitslund

Jon grew up on Bainbridge; his father, born in Port Madison (the son of early settlers from Sweden) brought his family home to the Island in 1945. Graduating from Bainbridge High in 1957, Jon went off to college in Portland and then to graduate school on the East Coast.  He taught English literature and other subjects in the Humanities at the university level (Freshman writing to Ph. D.-level seminars) for a full career, 1964-2000, but he never entirely lost touch with his roots and extended family on Bainbridge.  Living in Washington, D. C. for all those years and spending many summers on the Island alerted him to the importance of a sense of place and proved that you may run, but you can’t hide from politics.  While getting settled in an active retirement here, he turned his hand to writing about community affairs, local politics, and environmental issues.  Much of his reading nowadays deals with efforts to achieve sustainable local economies, and he will be contributing information and reflections to the Sustainable Bainbridge blog.

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